• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

In this collect Duffy shows no sympathy for men. How far do you agree with this assessment of the 'World's Wife'?

Extracts from this document...


"In this collection, Duffy shows no sympathy for men" How far do you agree of this assessment of "The World's Wife"? Due to the fact that Carol Ann Duffy to a certain extent is a feminine writer, it is easy to make the proclamation that she fundamentally undermines male status in 'The World's Wife'. Duffy uses the collection to give women who have not been heard previously a voice, and by using this sense of 'L'ecriture feminine' Duffy does wholeheartedly have to conform against the phallocentric world many women have found themselves living in now and in the past. With the poem 'Mrs Tiresias', Duffy strongly explores ideas on the basis of masculinity and femininity, and the male persona in this poem is vastly ridiculed. In the poem, Duffy uses many humorous ideas to highlight how she sees women to be the stronger sex and as a result men are shown not to be able to fill the boots of women. Duffy is able to do this by taking a classical Greek myth, the story of the prophet Tiresias who wounded a female snake after seeing her mating with another snake and as a result he was turned into a woman, and satirizing any masculine ideology that women lead easy lives. ...read more.


This bodily function which is constricted entirely to women allows Duffy reinforce the idea of feminity, and hence exclude any sense of masculinity having a higher status. Tiresias's experience as a woman is presented in the poem as external only, which allows Duffy to show that men will never be able to think or feel like a woman. This idea is shown in the poem with "telling the women out there...he knew how we felt" which shows how his appearance may be feminine but his understanding is still male. The fact Tiresias is presented by Duffy at the beginning of the poem as a typical man with "out the back gate with his stick, the dog;" and to be doing typically male things such as "whistling" is representative of the fact that men are in retrospect all the same, and therefore Duffy is showing no sympathy for the individual male. Due to the fact that the reader feels no sympathy for Tiresias because he has lost all sense of masculinity, and even though this is a shocking situation, the fact that Duffy presents Tiresias to be taking advantage of this female appearance to become a celebrity, Duffy is able to present ...read more.


The fact that the male character reduces Queen Kong to numerous emotions, Duffy is able to illustrate how men do not deserve sympathy because of the amount of pain they cause for women. This idea is portrayed in the poem with the fact that Queen Kong goes hunting for her man "pressing" her "Passionate eye to a thousand windows" this shows the extent to what women are drove to by men. Furthermore, with the use of "He liked me to gently blow on him" Duffy is able to present ideas on the subversion of women for men, tending to their every need. This shows how Duffy could feel that men do not deserve sympathy in her collection as they lead perfectly satisfactory lives. To conclude the point whether 'The World's Wife' shows no sympathy for men , it is undeniable that many poems in the collection portray men in negative lights; often through both their personality and looks. Duffy wrote 'the World's Wife' in order to give women who have been metaphorically silent in both history and stories a voice; and by doing so she had to undermine the status of the male characters in order to elevate women. ?? ?? ?? ?? Amy Moore ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Carol Ann Duffy section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Here's what a teacher thought of this essay

4 star(s)

**** 4 STARS

This is a good essay which clearly shows an understanding and knowledge of poems. There is some detailed and perceptive analysis of poems and the writer remains focused on the question throughout and makes good use of of topic sentences at the
beginning of paragraphs.

Marked by teacher Katie Dixon 05/09/2013

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Carol Ann Duffy essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    How Does Carol Ann Duffy Present The Theme Of Being Misplaced In The Dolphins(TM) ...

    3 star(s)

    The Dolphins ends with a devastating statement on behalf of the imprisoned - "There is a man and our mind knows we will die here". These dolphins will never have the God given privilege to roam the outside world again, and are resigned to becoming the focal point of public enjoyment.

  2. Marked by a teacher

    Analysis of the poem "Originally" by Carol Ann Duffy

    3 star(s)

    proud of her brothers for adapting so well to the environment, which is then applied to herself in a continuation of sibilance in combination with a simile in that she 'remembers (her) tongue shedding it's skin like a snake, my voice in the classroom sounding just like the rest.'

  1. Critical Analysis of "Before You Were Mine" by Carol Ann Duffy.

    Note that 'scent' is also quite a romantic word. The poet tells us that the poem is personal, as she includes the names of her mother's boyfriends, "Maggie McGeeney and Jean Duff". I think the poem is set in the 1950's, simply because of the language used throughout, and also the names sound as if they were from that time.

  2. Discuss Duffy's themes and techniques in "The Captain of the 1964 Top of the ...

    He isn't important anymore, he has to flatter his boss whereas in school he would have been the child with the most potential whereas it turns out he isn't the most successful in later life. He would have used to have expectations for himself but now he feels he only

  1. Stealing by Carol Ann Duffy Analysis

    He is pathetic, he is anxious to leave a mark of some kind, making a mess, steaming up a mirror with his own breath. Duffy relates both characters as they are both bored and unable to create anything. In Stealing he thinks he "might learn to play" the guitar but

  2. Discuss 'Queen Kong' By Carol Ann Duffy

    'It was absolutely love at first sight.' Although she first portrays her character as controlling, those few words sum up just how much she really does care for him; she would do anything for him. Duffy uses short sentences and italic writing on appropriate words when she wants to emphasise a feeling.

  1. The poem 'Education for Leisure' is extremely effective in many ways - Discuss

    The poet also makes use of onomatopoeia in the second stanza to emphasise the noise that is made when the speaker decides to 'squash' a fly against a window. The word 'squash' reflects on the violence that this character has intentions of.

  2. Language constructs meaning. Analyse how true this is of Duffy's poems "Foreign" and ...

    Moreover, Duffy emphasises this idea through the phrase ?And in the delicatessen, from time to time, the coins in your palm will not translate?, as this implies psychological restrictions and barriers in communication for those people. This fact is also reinforced by the words inserted by Duffy ?inarticulate? and ?point? which intensifies the idea of separation.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work